Free flu shots offered at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull as doctors stress importance of the vaccine
Doctors are stressing the importance of getting the flu shot this year, saying the risk of getting very sick or even dying is much higher if you contract both COVID-19 and the flu.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull offered free flu vaccinations and COVID-19 tests Tuesday.
Edward Fishkin, the chief medical officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, says the symptoms start out the same: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
"South America just came off their flu season and they had a much smaller, less severe flu season because they were doing COVID measures which work the same. Standard tried and true method like social distancing, like hand-washing, like wearing a mask are very effective, and the flu shot adds another level of protection," says Fishkin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu shots are available for people 6 months and older.